Raleigh, N.C. — A cold front will cross North Carolina Friday, bringing showers, thunderstorms and a slim chance for severe weather, according to WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze.
The weather system brought everything from tornadoes to ice and snow as it swept across the Midwest through Thursday. Mississippi Emergency Management Agency spokesman Greg Flynn said one person died and several people were injured after a reported tornado struck Kemper County in the far eastern part of the state.
The front is expected to lose strength as it passes over the Appalachian Mountains Thursday night, and the chance for tornadoes in the Tar Heel state is very, very slight. "The front arrives in the Triangle overnight, too, which means it will not have the heating of the day to fuel storms," Maze said.
It will remain warm Thursday night with temperatures only dropping into the 60s after afternoon highs in the 80s.
"We could see a stray shower or thunderstorm around midnight, but pace of this system has it arriving around 6 to 8 a.m.," Maze said. "Showers and storms will be around for the morning commute."
The rain will be welcome to those who have struggled with allergy symptoms in recent days, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner pointed out. But any relief is short-lived.
"The rain that comes through will knock some of the pollen down and wash it away, but it will be back with us this weekend and for the next several weeks," Gardner said.
Rainfall will ramp up through Friday morning, then taper off from west to east after noon, Maze said.
Mid-day warming brings a return of the threat for severe storms, but by the time the front should be east of the Triangle.
"We're going to have to watch the eastern part of state for maybe a resurgence in the afternoon," Maze said.
Behind the front, temperatures will drop, and highs will only be in the 70s through the weekend.
Temperatures will climb slowly back toward 80 degrees during the first half of next week, and the next chance for showers arrives Tuesday and Wednesday.